You do not need a visa
You do not need a visa to come to Ireland. However, you will need immigration permission to stay here as a paid intern. You cannot apply to be an unpaid intern.
Your exact preparations depend on your plans and personal circumstances. Some of the most important are described below. Read this information carefully to make sure you have everything you need.
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Before you travel
Apply for immigration permission to be a paid intern
You must apply for and receive immigration permission to be a paid intern in Ireland before you travel.
You cannot apply to be an unpaid intern.
When you travel
Prepare for border control
You will need to prove that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland to an immigration officer at border control.
To do so you will need your passport, original internship permission letter (if applicable) and other documents.
If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into Ireland.
Exceptions & special circumstances
Work for 14 days or less
If your paid internship starts and ends within a single 14 day period, you do not need to apply for immigration permission before you travel.
However, you must request temporary permission to be a paid intern when you arrive at border control. Make sure you bring appropriate documents with you when you travel, eg original contract.
During your stay
Travel to Northern Ireland & United Kingdom
If you intend to travel to Northern Ireland, check with the United Kingdom authorities if you need a visa.
Leaving & returning to Ireland
If you plan to leave and come back to Ireland during your stay, you will have prove to an immigration officer that you have a valid reason to re-enter Ireland every time you return.
Make sure you have any necessary documents with you for your return journey, before you travel.
You must be a third-level student to become an intern in Ireland. In addition, your internship must be:
- Related to your course of study
- Integral or necessary for your course
- Approved by your third level institution, eg university authorities
To apply for permission, you must have an official offer of internship or an employment contract.
Costs & time
Apply for permission at least 1 month before you travel:
Help & information
Atypical Working Scheme
Atypical Working Scheme Division
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay